Project Management – Pet Peeves [2]


Come to think of it – Every day at work is crazy!

Most of what we all do at work falls into one of the following 3 categories:

“Need-it-now-kind”: [Things you don’t want to do, but actually need to do] Someone suddenly decides that this has to be done NOW! It’s mostly someone on the Business side. Something like the building is on fire and everyone has to extinguish it before the worse happens

“What-if-kind”: [Things you want to do, but actually don’t need to do] These are the things the team does just so they don’t have to face the bad consequences

“For-the-fun-kind”: [Things you don’t want to do and actually don’t need to do] These are the things we all do to be happy; Coffee/Lunch breaks; Other things that we do to make people smile or basically engaging in tasks that don’t push the project forward

There’s one more kind that is often forgotten – the important kind! [Things you want to do and actually need to do] One of my mentors told me that I must eat my frog first thing every morning. Eating the frog means that I must just do it, otherwise the frog will eat me meaning that I will end up postponing the task forever

Would you eat your frog first thing Monday morning? I am still figuring out! Sigh!

#projectmanagement #mondaymorningblues #eatyourfrog


Project Management – Pet Peeves [1]

What I have noticed so far in my career is that we all (people) come up with great ideas and build something. Something the C-suite people in the company will like the most. Something that did not exist before. We either build it from scratch or buy something similar from the market and make enhancements to it! If you are a PM you will know what I am talking about – The famous ‘make or buy’ analysis!

Then we start using them and break them. The famous word for this is ‘Testing’. There are different types of testing. The latest in all this mess is ‘automation’! Use a software to test everything until it all breaks!

And then we spend majority of our time and money in fixing them. We call this bug fixing, maintenance and support.

So where do you spend your time? I am in all of this – Got to deal with the good, bad, expected and the unexpected. Sigh!

#beingaprojectmanager #petpeeves

And, we are done!

Blogathon 2018 comes to an end. It was hard to think about something and post everyday. But thanks to my everyday commute. Most of my posts were written in the train.

Somehow I managed to post for 30 days. Yes! I missed one day. But shhh…. it’s okay! 30 posts in 31days is a big deal for me. It’s a lot of work.

Thanks to her for pulling me into the Blogathon. Thanks to all of you who have been reading me this month. A big thanks to those of you who did not notice that I missed a day. And a big hug to everyone who liked and commented on my posts. I hope to catch up with all your comments and reply sometime soon. And to all you lurkers, thank you too! You guys are awesome!

I may not come back tomorrow with a post. But I will return soon. Till then, tada peeps! Take care!

#Blogathon2018 #theend

Visiting Memories

There are moments in my life where I would just be nostalgic. So lost in memories. Such days trigger remembrance from the past so much that I totally forget the present.

Today was one such day. Many memories came unannounced after my lunch conversation with a friend.

Those memories felt so real that I could feel the warmth of my familiar desk in the classroom. I could hear the guys talking, the girls giggling, and the professor shouting. The sound of someone dropping the pen, the sound of someone tearing a sheet of paper and the sound of someone writing with chalk on the black board.

That was the time in my life when I was very silent and super shy. I never spoke to classmates other than my close friends.

The memories felt so real that I forgot I was sitting in my silly corner desk in Office.

These figments from life do their best to remind me of the person I once was and how I have changed now for the greater good.

Will these memories fade away with time? I don’t know. I just wish I could relive some of those days.


P.S.: One more day and I’m done with the Blogathon. Phew! Someone pass me a trophy already!

A day without my watch

Last year, Lemon got me the famous Apple Watch as my birthday present. I didn’t like it at the first sight. But gradually it became my favorite. I don’t go anywhere without my dear watch.

This morning I had an early meeting that I couldn’t miss. So with all the the cold and body ache I rushed to catch my train on time. I took my bag, searched for my office ID card for 10 minutes, wore my watch, grabbed the car keys and left home.

Just when I arrived at Boston, I noticed my watch was missing. Yes it took me the entire journey to even notice my watch was missing. That goes to show how careless I am, right?

I first thought it must have fell somewhere in the station or in the train. But I didn’t trust my instinct and ruled out that possibility. So where could it be? I asked myself. I remember wearing it before leaving the house. I even remember happily smiling at it when it beeped with a text from my bestie.

I casually looked around where I was at the moment. In the middle of the road crossing a busy street. It wasn’t to be seen anywhere around me. So I assumed I must have left it in my car. With that thought, I stopped looking for it and got busy with my day.

Soon the day turned into evening. I was back on my train. At around 5:15 PM I reached my station and ran to my car. To my surprise, it wasn’t there either. I got worried. It was a gift from Lemon. I didn’t want to lose it somewhere. What will he say? Will he be mad? But then my tiny brain told me not to worry. Because the anniversary is coming up next week. Maybe he will get me a new one, I thought!

And then, as soon as I reached home I peeped into my bedroom drawer where I usually keep it and did not find it. I washed my face, changed clothes and went to the kitchen to fix dinner thinking it was gone forever.

BUT There it was! On my kitchen island. It was even charging.

So well, I do know I wore the watch after dressing up. I do know I saw my friends message in the watch and smiled. But I doubt how it went to the kitcen island, and was still charging. Did I remove it while searching for my ID card? Lemon was at home and he put it in charge? I really don’t know. I am not going to think about it anymore!

Phew! What a day!

Tada peeps!